Guwahati, 31 March-2014( Ninglun Hanghal): The Northeast collectively sends 24 members to the 545–member Lok Sabha, while the 250 member–strong Rajya Sabha has 13 members from the region. How many women figure in this list? At last count, one member from Meghalaya and two from Assam in the Lower House and one member each from Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam in the Upper House. Their numbers in the state legislative assemblies are equally dismal, if not worse. Sample this: Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland have no women in the state assembly. Of the 60–member assembly in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, the former has two female legislators, while the latter has three. Given the size of the state and the higher number of constituencies, Assam has 14 women MLAs among 126 elected representatives.
Students of different student organizations are taking part in the candle light rally brought out in Kokrajhar town on Sunday evening expressing shock over the rape and murder of a college girl in Chirang (Sentinel)
Renowned singer, Zubeen Garg (2nd L) leading a procession to mark the Earth Hour-2014, organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) India in Guwahati on Saturday. (Sentinel)
Journalist of Guwahati tie their mouth with black cloth staging a protesting in front of Guwahati Press Club on Sunday, against the sudden closure notice of Sangbad Lahari, a Bengali daily by its management. (Sentinel)
T he seven states of northeast India present a truly contrasting picture when it comes to its women. On the one hand the region is home to all–powerful women’s groups like the Meira Paibis of Manipur, the Naga Mothers Association and the Mizo Women’s Federation, which have effectively tackled issues like alcoholism, gender rights and conflict.(Sentinel)
Dancers performing during Sadhana – 2014, a Kathak Dance and Classical Music Festival organised by Sadhana Kathak Kendra at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati on Saturday evening.